Oct. 4th, 2014

matociquala: (criminal minds fate)

Except in certain limited cases of child rearing, incompetence, or danger to others, it is always an abusive act to interfere with the personal autonomy of another human being. We do not browbeat, threaten, cow, or manipulate our friends, family, and lovers into acting, believing, and talking as we wish; we accept that sometimes their opinions may differ from ours, and that they may have good reasons for their opinions, and that their reasons, autonomy, and intellectual integrity are as fundamental a human right as their bodily integrity.

This doesn't mean we can't argue with them, or even lose our tempers, or chose not to associate with them if they believe things we find odious and hurtful. It doesn't mean we can't set boundaries. It doesn't mean we can't point it out when we feel they're making mistakes.

It does mean that we respect their boundaries, and we don't assume we're better equipped to decide how they navigate their lives, relationships, politics, and identities than they are.

If I find myself policing my friends' behavior, perhaps the first question I should ask myself is, "What part of my own identity is so unexamined that I can't stand somebody else's choices making me question my own?"
This public service announcement has been brought to you by the letters W, T, and F.

matociquala: (writing whiskey wicked faerie)

It's a cover reveal and some terrible teasing!  

A couple of weeks ago, I had an emergency need for some amazing art, and I naturally emailed my friend Jenna Kass, a NYC-based illustrator. I had in mind licensing an old piece of hers, but she was no longer satisfied with the quality of that work, and so we struck a deal that she'd do me a new painting. 

And she did. (She tells the story here. I honestly did not mean to give anyone apoplexy!)

So, dear readers, as some of you have commented, it's currently impossible to get an ebook copy of Whiskey and Water, what with it being out of print and all.

Well, without further ado let me present the new cover for Whiskey and Water.



And because I am a horrible tease, details will follow--soon, I promise!--as to how you can get your very own copy! (Ebook only currently, but we'll see what happens.)


matociquala: (muppetology need bears fozzie & kermit)
I spent the last week involved in travel, appearances, and conferences for the Hieroglyph Project and Future Tense, both of which are ongoing--though my spate of publicity is over for now. In any case, it was an incredibly stimulating experience, and I am actually full of notes for the space opera that need to be typed up before I lose the notebook again.

One of the events was a livestreamed conference at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., which took place Thursday. There's an article about it here, and embedded in the article is a link to recordings of the panels and lectures. Or you could click here to watch the recorded stream. 

Don't miss Neal Stephenson, Ellen Stofan, and Patric Verrone on space travel, whatever you do.


l-r, t-b: Vandana Singh, Karl Schroeder, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Neal Stephenson, Lee Konstantinou, Ed Finn, Madeline Ashby, Elizabeth Bear, Kathryn Cramer. Also presenting but not pictured: David Rejeski, Dan Sarewitz, Ryan Calo, Patric Verrone, Dan Kaufman, Ted Chiang, Jonathan D. Moreno, Jamelle Bouie, Tom Kalil, Laurie Silvers, Bill O'Brien, Ellen Stofan, Barton Geliman, Kevin Bankston, and Kristal Lauren High. Photo credit, Shannon Rampe.

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